Hong Kong’s Luxury Shopping Street Right Now

The protests in Hong Kong continue to spread. The following images from Causeway Bay – one of HK’s most affluent neighborhoods with many higher-end stores – show calm and well-organized protesters (carrying slogans such as “Democracy is now here”, “Occupy Hong Kong”, and “We Are Not Enemies”) have blocked a long section of a major thoroughfare called Hennesy Road (and have created first aid posts to attend to any injured). Locals report virtually no police presence for now, but that is likely to change as night turns to early morning.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

Government Creeptards Complain About Private Sector Privacy Measures

Evil Companies Making Life Harder for the Snoops … Apple and Google both recently announced that they would implement new measures designed to ensure the privacy of users of their hardware. This is a long overdue reaction to what has been revealed about blanket spying by the government on the citizenry and the legal sophistry the government has employed (successfully so far) to ward off constitutional challenges to its all-encompassing snooping.
In order to avoid having to comply with secret surveillance orders, first Apple, and a bit later Google as well, decided to simply make it impossible for themselves to crack the encryption of the hardware they sell to their customers. As a result, they will no longer be able to obey government orders to provide access to their phones. It would be akin to government ordering them to make it rain, or to make the sun come up an hour earlier. Sorry, boys, can’t be done.
It was probably inevitable that the government’s law and order minions would complain about this. However, they wisely didn’t wheel out James Clapper (one of the few people in the world able to commit perjury in a Congress hearing without having to fear even the slightest negative consequences. We leave you to guess why this is so), but rather FBI chief James Comey. The Washington Post reports:
‘FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices – even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
‘There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people .’.’. that we will be able to gain access’ to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. ‘I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes.’
Comey added that FBI officials already have made initial contact with the two companies, which announced their new smart phone encryption initiatives last week. He said he could not understand why companies would ‘market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 29, 2014.

New York Fusion Center Declares Oath Keepers, Other Liberty Groups as ‘Extremist Threats’

The New York State Intelligence Center – a known Fusion Center with the stated purpose to, ‘collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence data regarding criminal and terrorist activity relevant to New York State’ – issued a Counter Terrorism Bulletin last June identifying Oath Keepers in addition to other liberty related groups as ‘far-right extremist group and/or a threat to law enforcement.’
Here is a portion of a statement released by Oath Keepers yesterday:
On August 11, 2014, the New York Oath Keepers sent out correspondence to both the Governor and the Superintendent of the New York State Police clearly pointing out the New York State Intelligence Center’s faulty logic and misstatements of fact that were used to politically demonize the New York Oath Keeper organization whose clearly stated nonpartisan mission is simply to encourage our Military and Law Enforcement Officers, and others, to honor their oaths to the United States and New York State Constitutions.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 28th, 2014.

“Disperse Or We Fire”- Hong Kong Police Shoot Tear Gas At Protesting Students: Live Webcast

Yesterday we reported that the biggest riot over the weekend was not in Ferguson (although things there are hardly stable after a local police officer was shot in the violent town overnight) but in Hong Kong, where students and other mostly young people are protesting the recent loss of their democratic vote powers and thus “the loss of their freedom.” Since then things have gotten from bad to worse when late last night Hong Kong declared the start of the Occupy Central disobedience campaign, leading to violent skirmishes with the police, which over the past hour have included the use of tear gas by the police as well as the first outright warning by the cops demanding that the student protesters disperse or risk being fired upon.
From WSJ:
A standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters intensified near where thousands have converged in the past days to demand free elections.
Around 6 p.m., police moved to clear the area, using tear gas against protesters near Hong Kong government buildings that had been blocked off. Protesters streamed away trying to wave away clouds of smoke and holding handkerchiefs against their mouths and noses. Many were running; others were raising their hands above their heads in an indication of nonviolent intent.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/28/2014.

Police Officer Shot In Ferguson

When a member of the black community was shot by a local Ferguson cop on August 9, under circumstances still undetermined, it led to several weeks of angry rioting by the largely impoverished population of this St. Louis suburb, not to mention broad popular outcry against the tactics employed by the Ferguson PD and wholesale punditry taking over primetime TV for hours on end. Fast forward several weeks when last night, Reuters reports, a police officer from the “strife-hit Missouri city of Ferguson was shot and authorities are still searching for the shooter, law enforcement officials said.”
According to Lt. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar the shooting did not seem connected to protests occurring elsewhere in Ferguson. “I wouldn’t have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests,” he said. Still a question now arises: will this latest mirror image violence in Ferguson merely stoke the already latent hostilities between all members of society? Then again, the situation is not an exact mirror image as the police officer was not killed, but “merely” shot in the arm by an unknown assailant.
The details of what happened from Reuters:
The officer was chasing the suspect outside the Ferguson Community Center on Saturday night when the person turned and shot him in the arm, St. Louis County Police Sergeant Brian Schellman said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/28/2014.

The FBI Is Outraged: Google and Apple Have Locked Them Out.

It is an outrage. That’s the official word from the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices – even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks…

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on September 26, 2014.

ISIS Comes To America? Oklahoma Man Beheads Woman After Being Fired

A man who had been fired from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday. As AP reports, while questioning the suspect’s co-workers, investigators learned he had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. As the director of news and information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City stated, “they have this ISIS thing on their minds and now this guy has brought it to America.”
As AP reports,
A man who had been fired from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday. The 30-year-old man, who has not been charged, stabbed Colleen Hufford, 54, severing her head in Thursday’s attack at Vaughan Foods, Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/26/2014.

FBI Criticizes Tech Giants Apple and Google for Encrypting Phones

FBI director James Comey has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices making it impossible for police to gain access to them. Comey’s remarks follow criticism by the Justice Department after Apple encrypted iMessage texting and FaceTime calling.
Law enforcement officials and government have criticized the companies for making it virtually impossible to view web histories, photos and videos on locked smart phones. Last week Apple and Google announced they would introduce technology making it difficult for police to search phones.
‘All of a sudden, a for-profit company has decided, ‘We’re going to step in and be the first line of defense for customers against their own government,” Brian Pascal, a fellow at Stanford University, told The Wall Street Journal.


This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

Russia Asset Freeze Threat Sends European, US Stocks Reeling

Germany’s DAX is tumbling this morning (and back in the red for 2014) as The Moscow Times reports Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Whether this isretaliation at Italian tax police seizing 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, is unclear, but the timing is highly coincidental and Rotenberg has been a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2014.

Blue Ribbon for Sanction Craziness: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally; Russia Threatens Law Allowing Seizure of Foreign Assets

What’s Russia to do? Stand back and let the US and Europe escalate sanction after sanction, or respond in kind?
Either way, Russia loses. I believe Europe has the worst of it, but both suffer.
Hope for Sanity Appears to Be Lost Cause
By responding in kind, Russia hopes to put some sanity in the heads of US and EU officials. But with brains as dense as Obama, McCain, and various EU officials, hope for sanity appears to be a lost cause.
Sanction Madness Escalates: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally
Two days ago sanction madness hit a new extreme: Italy seizes Putin ally Arkady Rotenberg’s property assets.
The Italian tax police have seized 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin targeted by US and EU sanctions.
The move comes amid continued tensions between Russia and the EU over Ukraine, and ahead of a possible visit by Mr Putin to Milan next month for a summit with European and Asian leaders that could offer a chance to rebuild some bridges…

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 25, 2014.

Shocking Raw Video: Walmart Customer Killed By Cops for Playing With a BB-Gun

In early August John Crawford III went to Walmart on what was supposed to be a normal shopping trip. While there, Crawford happened across an unpackaged BB gun that he picked up off the shelf in the sporting goods section of the store. He proceeded to walk around the store and make a cell phone call.
A concerned citizen at the Walmart had apparently thought Crawford was holding a real rifle. According to an Infowars report, the man called 9-1-1 and reported that an individual was walking around with a gun in the store.
The witness who phoned police, ex-marine Ronald Ritchie, reportedly told 9-1-1 he saw Crawford ‘walking around with a gun in the store,’ and that he was ‘loading it right now,’ and pointing it at customers and children.
He ‘was just waving it at children and people. Items…. I couldn’t hear anything that he was saying. I’m thinking that he is either going to rob the place or he’s there to shoot somebody else,’ Ritchie said.
Two police officers responded to the call. According to the officers, Crawford failed to comply with orders to drop the weapon when police approached him.


This post was published at shtfplan on September 24th, 2014.

Russia Asset Freeze Threat Sends DAX Reeling

Germany’s DAX is tumbling this morning (and back in the red for 2014) as The Moscow Times reports Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Whether this is retaliation at Italian tax police seizing 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, is unclear, but the timing is highly coincidental and Rotenberg has been a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
DAX is sliding notably… (not helped by chatter about Russia “throttling” gas supplies to Europe)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2014.

FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired ‘Homegrown Extremists’ & ‘Disgruntled Employee’ Threats

We are in the midst of bombing two sovereign nations without a declaration of war. They have spent trillions of your money over the last 13 years to create the largest surveillance state in world history. They can’t, or won’t, keep little kids from streaming over our southern border. They have militarized every podunk police force in the country with Hummvees and high powered weapons. They rape airline passengers. They monitor every electronic communication of every person in the country. They have cameras watching us in every major city.
But that isn’t enough. They must keep the sheep in terror of phantom wolves hiding behind every bush. Even though you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a policeman than a terrorist, we are supposed to cower and beg the government to protect us from phantom terrorists. The ruling class must know their Ponzi scheme is very close to collapsing and causing a Greater Depression. They need to distract the masses with foreign threats or we will turn on them when the financial implosion hits. Fourth Turnings always intensify. War is coming. The question is whether it will be a civil war, foreign war, or both…

This post was published at The Burning Platform on Sept 24, 2014.

FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired “Homegrown Extremists” & “Disgruntled Employee” Threats

While careful to note ‘no specific threats‘ have been found, it appears the FBI and DHS have decided it’s time to show why local police departments needed to be fully militarized after all. In the first bulletin, according to Bloomberg, US security officials warned federal and local police to watch for ‘homegrown violent extremists’ who may be motivated to attack by airstrikes in Syria. In the second bulletin, the FBI and DHS assess that disgruntled and former employees pose a significant threat to US businesses due to their authorized access to sensitive information and the networks businesses rely on (no doubt inspired by today’s dreadful occurrences at UPS in Birmingham). It’s just a good thing all those local police forces have MRAPs, don’t you feel safer already? However, don’t forget, as The UK made clear, the definition of terrorist is a tricky one since even viewing ISIS propaganda constitutes a criminal offense.
*U. S. WARNS LOCAL POLICE TO WATCH FOR `HOMEGROWN’ EXTREMISTS *FBI, DHS SAY U. S. AIRSTRIKES MAY INSPIRE TERROR PLOTTING Money well spent?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/23/2014.

Thousands petition White House to consider ‘Cop Block’ a terrorist group

Police accountability has been enjoying surprising strides in recent times through the efforts of online activism and social media. That success has been followed by a number of spiteful statists working to undermine those efforts.
One of the largest groups, Cop Block (has received particular amounts of negative attention. Earlier this summer, the activists from the group was featured prominently on Fox News and mocked for filming police officers during traffic stops.
This week, anti-accountability agents have created an online White House petition to ask President Obama to ‘Officially label and classify any variation of ‘CopBlock. Org’ members as Domestic Terrorists with DHS.’

This post was published at Police State USA on September 22, 2014.

The Zombie Culture

That fear of Acheron be sent packing which troubles the life of man from its deepest depths, suffuses all with the blackness of death, and leaves no delight clean and pure. – Lucretius
It may be inevitable that, when a civilization dies, its inhabitants undergo a major transformation in character. No longer having formal social expectations as a guide for personal behavior, men and women take on the traits of the living dead; bodies capable of automatic, robotic movement, but without any focused, moral direction. Those whose personal identities had been attached to institutional systems, now find themselves uncertain as to both the purpose and propriety of their actions. Like so many refugees from war or prison camps, they are left to wander aimlessly, without reflection.
Such seems to be the state of modern Western societies, particularly America. Our culture has become dominated by reptilian-brained humanoids who worship death. It is not surprising that so many current motion pictures and television dramas repeat the ‘night of the living dead’ theme in which zombies plague the neighborhoods. Body tattoos, decorated T-shirts, cartoon shows, and computer games are dominated by dark-side expressions of anti-life sentiments. Psychopaths – both in and out of government – inflict pain and death upon the innocent. The ‘blackness of death’ has long been a useful metaphor for mankind’s response to death, whether of individuals or cultures. In his book, The End of the World: A History, Otto Friedrich explores this connection. The fourteenth century plague that killed tens of millions of Europeans was known as ‘the Black Death,’ just as ‘the Black Hand’ was the name later adopted by extortionists and political terrorists. Black is still a sign of mourning, with relatives wearing black armbands, and black wreaths sometimes found on the doors of grieving families.
SWAT teams – as well as police officers assigned to intimidate public demonstrators – show up in black uniforms, their faces – and thus their identities – concealed by black helmets and sunglasses. The Darth Vader character in Star Wars was likewise clothed entirely in black, with his face hidden from view. He operated from the ‘Death Star,’ a black satellite that was home base for the evil in the film. Life manifests itself in the vibrancy of colors: flowers attract us because they celebrate life. The blackened remains of a forest or building destroyed by fire do not inspire us. It would be pointless to publish colored photographs of cities destroyed by wartime bombings: black-and-white photos are sufficient to illustrate their anti-life character.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 23, 2014.

Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing

‘There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.’ – Professor Robert Gellately
If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.(If you’re a whistleblower wanting to snitch on government wrongdoing, however, forget about it – the government doesn’t take kindly to having its dirty deeds publicized and, God forbid, being made to account for them.)For more than a decade now, the DHS has plastered its ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign on the walls of metro stations, on billboards, on coffee cup sleeves, at the Super Bowl, even on television monitors in the Statue of Liberty. Now colleges, universities and even football teams and sporting arenas are lining up for grants to participate in the program. This DHS slogan is nothing more than the government’s way of indoctrinating ‘we the people’ into the mindset that we’re an extension of the government and, as such, have a patriotic duty to be suspicious of, spy on, and turn in our fellow citizens. This is what is commonly referred to as community policing. Yet while community policing and federal programs such as ‘See Something, Say Something’ are sold to the public as patriotic attempts to be on guard against those who would harm us, they are little more than totalitarian tactics dressed up and repackaged for a more modern audience as well-intentioned appeals to law and order and security. The police state could not ask for a better citizenry than one that carries out its own policing.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 22, 201.

Ah, They’re Waking Up

Gee, who would have thought….
Never before have I felt so naked.
Now more than ever, I wish I was armed.
And I’m not alone.
Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia. The United Kingdom has had two beheadings of members of the public in the last two years, with neither police nor civilians able to prevent it. It has prohibitive gun laws.
With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting.
Yeah, I know, it’s WorldNet Trash, otherwise known as WND.
But the point stands. ISIS thinks it should behead people in other nations. Like Australia. Like the UK, where two people were beheaded in public and that very same public was unable to stop it as nobody among the civilian population had a gun.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2014-09-21.

Blackwater-Like Contractor Seeks To Legalize Private Police In The U.S.

There are very few news stories about government overreach that shock me these days, but this week there were two — both in California. Each came and went with barely a whisper in the media, even from the “liberty” news.
Perhaps we’re so bombarded with mafia tactics by the government that some events just get lost in the chaos. And no, one of these developments is NOT the Los Angeles School District acquiring tanks and grenade launchers, although that’s probably of equal significance. Below is the first of these local stories. The second will be in a follow up article.
This is probably the scariest development in law enforcement, ever, and I don’t say that lightly. If you thought no-knock SWAT raids to serve warrants for non-violent crimes was the epitome of tyranny, wait until you get a load of private mercenaries conducting special forces-type raids on American citizens.
That’s right, a report out of Mendocino, California admits that Blackwater-like private “security” contractors are now being used to “police pot”. Mysterious soldiers repelled out of unmarked helicopters fully armed for war to raid legal medical cannabis gardens last month. They didn’t identify themselves or present paperwork of any kind. They just destroyed the garden and left. Other witnesses claim this invading army is also “confiscating” product.

This post was published at Alt-Market on Sunday, 21 September 2014.

Police shoot ‘suspicious’ Utah man six times in the back while fleeing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT – A young man was fatally shot several times after he took a walk in his neighborhood and someone reported him as being ‘suspicious.’ Questions are being raised about how the police are justifying shooting him six times – all from behind – as he apparently tried to run for safety.
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The fatal incident happened on September 10th, 2014. On that Wednesday morning, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt decided to go for a walk in his neighborhood.
Mr. Hunt was toting a novelty item that he had purchased in a nearby Asian gift shop: a ‘Samurai-style’ sword with a dull edge. Hunt’s family stated that the sword was for display only, and had a rounded edge that could not cut anything, according to KSL.
Carrying the item does not appear to be in violation of Florida weapons law, yet police were dispatched because someone called the government to report a ‘suspicious person.’

This post was published at Police State USA on September 18, 2014.